How Politics Exacerbated the Deplorable Condition of Nkalaha Road - Onyeji Nnaji
It beats my imagination to notice that charity no longer begins at home. Should the supposed be the case, it presupposes that the affection one has for his birthplace should outweigh those of other places. This is the inexplicable love Hon. Dr. Stephen Odo has for his home town; although people seem to misconstrue his actions.
When Hon. Dr. Stephen Odo was appointed a commissioner in Ebonyi State, I did not hesitate to call him "the man the cap fits," in a piece primarily intended to serve as a congratulatory message for such an enviable height. And because I am aware that issues about this few kilomitres road had given him concern in the past, I did not forget to keep him reminded. I did note clearly that, although it is not in his command to rehabilitate the road, he could influence it.
I had believed strongly that Hon. Stephen has similar zeal for the community with Hon. Barr. Jonathan Nwonuma who, within weeks in office as the speaker of the old Enugu State House of Assembly, seized that slightest opportunity to get Nkalaha electrified. Perhaps, it was the same zeal to make Nkalaha road motorable that Hon. Stephen had chosen to act too fast. Unfortunately, this zeal was despicably misdirected as he had just acted in an unpredictable way and has turned the community against himself. The deplorable condition of this road has raised several dusts as members of the community could let me know. Many stated assuredly that the road was preferred in its former state to what it has been made to look like presently.
You will not understand what the community members are complaining by mere looking at the picture above. Seeing the video will make you lamented for Nkalaha. See the video of one of the positions below:
Ajuede news gathered that some members of Nkalaha were selected to form a committee that should see to the proper rehabilitation of the road. Speaking with a member of the committee who pleaded anonymity, the following was recorded,
"Stephen actually instituted a committee for the road maintenance, among which I was one. But something very strange happened that got the rest of us confused. We had a meeting after the inauguration of the committee. While in the meeting, Ozioma Eze who was made the chairman of the committee received a call from Hon. Stephen demanding his attention at Abakaliki. Right there and then, Ozioma left for Abakaliki.
The rest of us members of the committee had our minds focused on the plans set by the committee and to execute them when money for the project arrives. Astounded, I was informed that Hon. Stephen and Ozioma had commenced the road repair already. I became more confused and asked myself, 'why did he call us into a committee when he knows he could do it alone?' That was all I knew about the said rehabilitation of Egedegede road."
This fellow spoke exactly what majority of Nkalaha population said over the incident. The worries in the more considerate ones was that Ozioma was the wrong person to handle issues of road. He is an architect, no doubt, but this is not a building site. Politics nevertheless is a game of interest, but in the dealing with one's own community, personal interest should be removed. As people say, "If one spoils another place he runs to his home; but when he destroys his own home, where will he run to?" Here is a video of another position of the dilapidated road.
I wish to advise that the people concerned should put hands together to remedy this damage. Someone may say, "is he the first to work on this road?" He is exactly not; but I speak as a town cryer and a roadside observer of issues concerning Nkalaha. Mark me by my words, ask anybody from Nkalaha who had provoked the community to wrath by one reason or the other, he will show you the scar on him. I am not here to mention names; any reasonable member of Nkalaha knows what I am saying. Check the politicians involved in the diversion of the community funds and some business men who wrongly offended the community; racal what they did and assess their positions presently.
I call on the people concerned in this road matter to do the needful!
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